Honor-system entrance fees at Idaho state parks going unpaid

BOISE, Idaho — Even in a pandemic, entrance fees at Idaho state parks still apply.

State parks have seen a major increase in visitors since the coronavirus outbreak spurred closures and event cancellations across Idaho. But officials with the parks department say many of those visitors are not paying the required fees to get in.

For those who do not purchase an Idaho Parks Passport – which allows for unlimited entry to all 30 state parks – the fee to enter one of the parks is $5 per car.

Because of social distancing rules, the fee kiosks are no longer manned by employees. Instead, state officials are directing park-goers to place their $5 payment in a fee tube near the entrance, relying on the honor system.